Microsoft: Beware of Malware Faking Virus Alerts

The scareware offers up a nearly perfect-looking version of a browser's malware warning page.

 By Kara Reeder | Posted Sep 7, 2010
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Microsoft is telling users to beware of a new type of scareware, dubbed Rogue:MSIL/Zeven.

InformationWeek reports that once the scareware identifies a user's browser -- be it Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox -- it offers up a nearly perfect-looking version of the browser's malware warning page. Clicking on the warning sends a user to a website pushing fake anti-virus software known as "Win7 AV."

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center's Daniel Radu says the attack can be difficult to spot as

the similarity between the fake warning pages is so accurate that it can trick even [the] highly trained eye.

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